Eau Claire’s business community withdrew its support for a state bill that would allow the city to charge additional hotel and restaurant taxes to fund tourism-related projects, and sponsors of the legislation also are pulling back. The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce pulled its backing of the bill this week, deciding it too hastily signed onto the proposal and needs more input from area businesses before supporting similar legislation in the future. “The reason we stepped
A legislative proposal designed to help pay for an event center in Eau Claire would boost sales taxes paid by city hotels, restaurants and taverns and is prompting opposition from those businesses, the author of the legislation said Thursday. State Sen. Terry Moulton, R-town of Seymour, has proposed a bill that would give Eau Claire voters, via a referendum, the opportunity to establish a local exposition district, a move Moulton said is intended to help pay for the Sonnentag Event and
Growler Guys opens Feb. 24 Eau Claire will be the first Midwest location for an Oregon-based craft beer business. Eau Claire residents Chris Clover and Greg Haugen will open a franchise location of The Growler Guys later this month in the Queen’s Plaza on London Road. “Our goal is to have the most compelling tap lists in the area that appeals to both the beer aficionados, as well as the more casual drinker,” Clover said in a news release. Scheduled to open on Saturday, Feb.
Addressing the worker shortage affecting the Chippewa Valley is the top issue that local business leaders want state politicians to tackle in 2018. About 100 business representatives from Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Menomonie will travel on Wednesday to the state Capitol for the 24th annual Chippewa Valley Rally, a daylong series of meetings with state legislators. They’ll be talking about workforce challenges, public education, transportation needs and rural broadband expansion,
Editor’s note: The weekly “Thumbs Up-Thumbs Down” editorial offers opinions on highs and lows in the news during the past week. Thumbs up: Ben Loomis’ dream came true a little earlier than expected, but he’ll take it. At 19, the Eau Claire native this week qualified for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games that begin Feb. 8 in PyeongChang, South Korea, according to a Leader-Telegram story by Ron Buckli. Loomis will compete in the nordic combined event, ski
With UW-Eau Claire moving forward on plans for a major event center on Menomonie Street, city officials are studying the community’s needs for a convention facility to see how the two projects could be intertwined. The latest step of the city’s convention center feasibility study occurred this week when the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce launched a survey of its members seeking input on local companies’ needs for space for conventions, meetings, banquets and other events.